July 17, 2016 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – We find the recent Turkish “coup” to be so amateurishly enacted that it’s nearly impossible to imagine that the event wasn’t staged by Erdoğan himself as part of a larger plan to consolidate his already considerable power.
As Obama’s ex Chief of Staff infamously quipped during the president’s first term, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”
This sentiment is doubly true when the party in power is the one creating the “crisis” in the first place, which is what most likely happened in Turkey.
Early in the 20th century, with the once rightly feared Ottoman Empire defeated and in shambles – choosing poorly during World War I - Turkey became a secular nation. This took place under the direction of its first president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk [born, Ali Rıza oğlu Mustafa, the surname Atatürk “father of the Turks” was bestowed on him several years later as an honorarium by the Turkish legislature].
Atatürk’s liberal reforms [he actually banned wearing hijab and other “religious” clothing] caused Turkey to blossom. Bankrupt at the end of the Great War, under the new [and sometimes tempestuous] leadership, the country made rapid economic progress, which continues today.
However, Atatürk didn’t just come to power - greeted on a bed of roses so to speak - in the manner with which the West has become accustomed. That is he didn’t mount a conventional above ground political movement. Instead he seized power from the old guard by force of arms, even to the point of defeating military efforts by the Allies who also wanted to control the country’s fate.
Since then it’s been the Turkish military which has been the guarantor of the country’s secularism, standing against external and internal forces seeking to overthrow the sometimes republic.
All this started changing, seriously, at the dawn of the new millennia.
For example, in a relatively short period of time, 2002-2013, the Turkish government built 17,000 new mosques, a number which starkly contrasts against the country’s relatively small population of about 67 million people [source, Barry Strauss, 4 Jarring Signs of Turkey's Growing Islamization: Erdogan is set on making the formerly secular nation an Islamic country, and it's working , The Atlantic]
From the period of the 1970s going forward, Erdoğan [an admitted Islamist and anti-Semite] has been a powerful political force, often working underground to undermine Turkish secularism but also as his power base grew, holding various political positions including mayor of Istanbul and now Turkey’s “president.”
Under Erdoğan, though the country has rejected secularism, allying instead with Islam’s worst players:
“Turkey is a long-time NATO ally, but under Erdogan it has moved closer to Iran and radical Islamists, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and, possibly, ISIS. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has been actively recruiting in Turkey, Erdogan’s government admitted, and Turkish and other media reports that Turkey has provided funds and medical assistance for the notorious terror group. The Jerusalem Post quotes an unnamed ISIS source saying, “Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It showed us affection.” [source, Washington Watch: The Islamization of Turkey, JPost]
Not content with near total power, we see the recent “coup” as a staged event to create the crisis that would allow the president to assume dictatorial control – the classic false flag operation.
A large, powerful and professional military simply doesn’t do a 180 on a dime and then turn into wailing like 8 year old little girls while surrendering.
Erdoğan played the role perfectly, first approaching Germany seeking “sanctuary” [wink-wink-nod-nod] but then suddenly reappearing in public, greeted as a hero at Atatürk airport in Istanbul.
Upon his “triumphant” re-entry, however, the now de-facto Turkish dictator set about a campaign of mass arrests of those suspected of disloyalty including nearly 3,000 judges [see, Arrest of Turkish judges prompts fears over checks and balances , Financial Times] hundreds of members of the military and goodness knows how many journalists.
Nope, sorry, this “coup” was more transparently staged than a grade school play. Thanks to Erdoğan, Turkey is now formally aligned with the jihadists.
This has taken place in no small part due to the ever reliable skew of the Western press, which, acting according to its default MO, is pushing the truly idiotic narrative that Turkey has just fought off a genuine coup – taking mendacity to an entirely new level.
…coda…it gets worse…
We can’t help but believe that the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is taking notes.
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